Gordon George Midgley was born in 1897 in Adelaide, Cape Province, South Africa. Midgley was a teacher, prior to attesting for service with the South African Mounted Rifles, serving in South West Africa in 1915.
Midgley attested for the RFC on the 18th of May 1917, Midgley spent time with the 98th and 109th Squadrons, eventually being posted to 109th Squadron. Later he was posted to Ireland to support British forces. He died in an air accident on the 13th of January 1919 at Collinstown. Midgley was flying Avro C6018 of which Cpl A W Ellis was the passenger. Avro C6018 collided mid-air with Aircraft C5895, flown by Sgt. Alfred William Ellis. All three men were killed on impact. Midgley was one of 12 British personnel to die in flying accidents in Ireland between 1919 and 1921.
This plaque is a unique entitlement and is accompanied by digital copies of his surviving South African Service documents, and a digital copy of some of his RAF documents.